It looks like we have a new single-core performance champion in PassMark's ranking. Although it hasn't released yet, the Intel Core i9-11900K already made its way up to the top of the chart with a score of 3764 points alongside the Core 17-11700K in second-place, which scored 3548 points.
These two upcoming processors make use of the Cypress Cove core architecture for increased IPC. Both processors feature 8x cores and 16x threads, but the Core i9 has higher operating frequencies, reaching up to 5.3GHz through Thermal Velocity Boost.
As seen in the PassMark CPU Mark Single Thread Performance chart, the Core i7 result is just enough to put it above the highest-rated AMD processor on PassMark, which is the Ryzen 7 5800X with 3514 points. The difference between both is about 1%, but when compared to the Core i9-11900K, the difference between AMD and Intel's best scorers increases to 7%.
When analysing the multi-core benchmarks results, the story inverts. Using the Ryzen 7 5800X (27805) for comparison purposes, this processor beats Intel's upcoming CPUs by 2%, in Core i9's case, and 6%, compared to the 11th Gen Core i7-1170K.
One important thing to note is that despite featuring two cores less, the Core i9-11900K actually beats the Core i9-10900KF in the PassMark multi-core benchmark by about 16.6%.
Intel Rocket Lake-S processors are expected to launch in March 2021.
KitGuru says: Intel's Rocket Lake-S processors are shaping up to be competitive on paper. Are any of you waiting on Intel to release new CPUs before upgrading?